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Wednesday Rundown: A New Documentary About the Work of August Wilson

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These topics air Wednesday February 18, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Rob McCord Pleads Guilty

Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty Tuesday to two federal counts of attempted extortion, admitting that he tried to use the position of his office to strong-arm state contractors into donating money to his failed gubernatorial campaign. WESA's Capitol correspondent Mary Wilson joins us to discuss McCord's steep and fast fall from public office.

Pennsylvania Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Last Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced a hold on all executions in Pennsylvania, do to ongoing questions about the effectiveness of capital punishment. While the death penalty is on hold, State Senator Daylin Leach is taking steps to repeal the practice in PA altogether. We'll talk with him about his reaction to the moratorium and the legislation he's proposing. We'll also speak with Mary Catherine Roper, the Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU in Pennsylvania.

August Wilson Documentary Debuts

We'll talk with the producers of a new documentary nearly ten years in the making; "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand" which focuses on the Pittsburgh born playwright and his ten plays over twenty years covering a one-century cycle of American history. Our guests are Executive Producer Darryl Ford Williams and Deesha Philyaw, manager of the August Wilson Education Project. 

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